The Earth Poets & Musicians in July 2010.
from left: Harvey Taylor, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Jahmes Tony Finlayson, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Jeff Poniewaz and Holly Haebig.
(photo by Jeffers Larson)



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‘’‘Media Release for 2014 Contact  Suzanne  Rosenblatt adsz@uwm.edu

The Earth Poets & Musicians’

 27th Annual Earth Month Performances on April 25th & 26th, 2014
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Fri. April 25, 8 pm, at the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl.
To celebrate their 27th year of performing together, five of The Earth Poets & Musicians, Jahmes Finlayson, Holly Haebig Wake, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt and Harvey Taylor, have invited 15 other Milwaukee area performers to join them in “Twenty Performers in Two Hours for the Earth.” Suggested donation: $5 to benefit UEC and other eco groups.

Sat. April 26, 8 pm, at the Coffee House, 631 N. 19th St. (entrance on Wisconsin Ave.)
Five of The Earth Poets & Musicians, Jahmes Finlayson, Holly Haebig Wake, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Harvey Taylor, perform with special guest, Dasha Kelly. Donation: $5

Our incredible planet exists, with its ecological balance and sun-struck beauty. Yet infinitesimal specks on that planet, who call themselves humans, are able to change everything, to take away the balance, the beauty, the life. This conundrum haunts the Earth Poets and Musicians. They puzzle over Earth with love and awe, humor and horror, and wisps of wisdom.

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PRESS RELEASE:

Our planet’s climate has gone roller-coaster see-saw wild! We’ve had the warmest, driest winter, while others roll in snow or freeze. Melt burn quake, we never know the headlines ahead of time, at least there’s no tsunami in Miami. Since 1988 the Earth Poets & Musicians have used wisdom, vision, irony, rhythm, music, and even humor to remind audiences that Earth’s a wondrous place, and we want to keep it that way. On April 14th at the Urban Ecology Center and on April 21st at the Coffee House, they will remind us once again, for the 25th consecutive year!

CALENDAR LISTING:
25th ANNUAL EARTH POETS & MUSICIANS PERFORMANCES, April 14 and 21, 2012
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER, 1500 E. Park Place Jahmes Finlayson, Holly Haebig, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Jeff Poniewaz,
Suzanne Rosenblatt, Harvey Taylor
Special Guests: DENA ARONSON & MICHELLE HATFIELD
7 PM Interactive poetry and music for the whole family, share your own earth poems
8 PM Earth Poets and Musicians
Free Admission, Donations to the Urban Ecology Center Welcome

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 8 PM, THE COFFEE HOUSE,  631 North 19th Street
Jahmes Finlayson, Holly Haebig, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Jeff Poniewaz,
Suzanne Rosenblatt, Harvey Taylor
SPECIAL GUEST: Michael Pettit
Admission: $5.00

Introducing the Earth Poets & Musicians

Poet and eco-activist Jeff Poniewaz organized Milwaukee’s first annual Earth Day Poetry Celebration in April 1988 out of concern that, after eight years of the anti-environmental Reagan presidency, not much was being done to observe Earth Day in Milwaukee. He had lived in the San Francisco area from mid-1978 to early 1983, enjoying the camaraderie of poets like himself among whom nature and the environment figured prominently. A meeting place of those eco ardent poets was a storefront in the Mission District over the door to which was a sign that said “Cloud House” and “Walt Whitman Breathes Here.” Cloud House’s custodian was a dynamic street poet who went by the name of Kush.

Earth Musician Holly Haebig

After he returned to his native Milwaukee, Poniewaz was happy to see that a number of emerging Milwaukee poets were eloquently articulating environmental concerns as part of their poetic output. He thought: “How exciting if these poets, with their wonderfully various styles of writing and performance presentation, could be brought together in a kaleidoscopic way, with each having ten minutes to sound out their most powerful work in that vein.” He personally selected and invited each of the participating poets. The result was the first Earth Poets & Musicians Performance—or Earth Day Poetry Celebration as it was called when it was entirely spoken word and hadn’t yet acquired its music dimension.

Antler was part of this Earth Poets group for its first six years but now during April is busy performing at Earth Day events around the country. Kush, on a visit from San Francisco, opened the very first Earth Poets event with two of his street chants. Jeff was proud of this eco bunch of Milwaukee poets and glad Kush could witness how well they compared to their counterparts in San Francisco.

Of the original line-up of ten Milwaukee poets, four continue to get together each April for the annual Earth Poetry celebration. Poniewaz, author of Dolphin Leaping in the Milky Way, teaches “Literature of Ecological Vision” at the Urban Ecology Center via UWM’s off-campus program. Longshoreman Harvey Taylor has published a chapbook of his poems at the end of each year and in recent years has issued several CDs of his songs and poems. Suzanne Rosenblatt is a visual artist besides being a chanter of her unique incantations. Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, who has performed with singer Claudia Schmidt, published an outstanding collection of her work titled Revelations on Longing Street in 1998. Among Milwaukee’s best poets, these four are also dynamic performers of their poems. Other members of the original line-up were Angela Peckenpaugh, Ann Filemyr, Sue Silvermarie, Cristina Herrera and Craig Kowalkowski (now known as Craig Stone).

Each year a guest poet is invited to perform with the group. Guest poets have been Rick Ollman, Daniel Grego, Peggy Hong, Mathibela Sebathoma, Eric Hansen, KT Rusch, Jim Godsil, and Susan Firer. Claudia Schmidt performed two years as the group’s special guest. In recent years, musician/singers Jahmes Finlayson and Holly Haebig have joined the group, adding the magic of music to the magic of words.

Jahmes Tony Finlayson
handswithheart@aol.com

Holly Haebig
hhaebig@gmail.com

Louisa Loveridge-Gallas
riverlakelou@gmail.com

Jeff Poniewaz
poniewaz@uwm.edu

Suzanne Rosenblatt
adsz@csd.uwm.edu
http://www.rosenblattgallery.com/suzanne/index.shtml

Harvey Taylor
htaylor@wi.rr.com
www.harveytaylor.net

Recent ‘special guests’:

Antler
www.antlerpoet.net
antler@antlerpoet.net

Claudia Schmidt
www.claudiaschmidt.com
kitchengirl5@hotmail.com

Peggy Hong
peggyhong@sbcglobal.net

KT Rusch
Krusch@wi.rr.com
www.ktruschmusic.net
www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/KtRusch/HomePage

Contacts: Harvey Taylor 414–265–2549 or Suzanne Rosenblatt adsz@uwm.edu

Websites: http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthPoetsAndMusicians/HomePage
http://www.onedrum.net/
http://www.harveytaylor.net/
http://www.rosenblattgallery.com

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Past Performances

Celebrate Autumn Equinox 2010 with the Earth Poets & Musicians

Poets Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt and Harvey Taylor have been performing together in praise and defense of the natural world since 1988. During the past decade, two singer-musicians --Jahmes Finlayson and Holly Haebig-- joined them and one of the original members branched out into songwriting, so the group is now called the Earth Poets & Musicians. They will present an hour of eco-empowering poetry and song on Thursday Sept. 23, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Loos Room of the Central Library. The event, part of the Library’s “Language of Conservation” series, is free and open to the public. Use the 8th St. Centennial Hall entrance.

23rd ANNUAL EARTH POETS and MUSICIANS PERFORMANCES

April 23 and 24, 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010
7 P.M. Interactive Poetry and Music for the Whole Family
8 PM Earth Poets and Musicians with SPECIAL GUEST: SUSAN FIRER, Milwaukee Poet Laureate 2008–2010
Featured Performers: Jahmes Finlayson, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Holly Haebig, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Harvey Taylor
URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER
1500 E. Park Place
$5.00 Per Person, $10.00 Per Family, UEC Members Free

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010, 8 P.M.
Earth Poets and Musicians with SPECIAL GUEST: SUSAN FIRER, Milwaukee Poet Laureate 2008–2010
Featured Performers: Jahmes Finlayson, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Holly Haebig, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Harvey Taylor
THE COFFEE HOUSE
631 N. 19th Street (Just South of Wisconsin Ave)
Donation: $5.00, benefit for Walnut Way
Contacts: Harvey Taylor 414–265–2549 or Suzanne Rosenblatt <adsz@uwm.edu>adsz@uwm.edu
Websites:
http://www.onedrum.net/, http://www.harveytaylor.net/
http://www.rosenblattgallery.com

22ND ANNUAL EARTH POETS and MUSICIANS PERFORMANCES

April 24 and 25
CLAUDIA SCHMIDT, nationally-known singer/songwriter, and ANTLER, former Milwaukee Poet Laureate, will add their powerful voices to the Earth Poets and Musicians 22nd Annual Performances. Claudia Schmidt on April 24, and Antler on April 25, will join poets Jeff Poniewaz, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Harvey Taylor and musicians Jahmes Finlayson and Holly Haebig for an evening of eco-poetry and eco-music, full of wisdom, passion, and humor. Humans have placed our home, Planet Earth, at risk of foreclosure. Now you can invest a Friday or Saturday night in celebrating that home and contemplating ways to save it.

Calendar Listing
22nd ANNUAL PERFORMANCES of the EARTH POETS and MUSICIANS
April 24 and 25

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009
7 P.M. Interactive Poetry and Music for the Whole Family
8 PM Earth Poets and Musicians with SPECIAL GUEST: CLAUDIA SCHMIDT, nationally-known singer/songwriter
Featured Performers: Jahmes Finlayson, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Holly Haebig, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Harvey Taylor
URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER
1500 E. Park Place
$5.00 Per Person, $10.00 Per Family, UEC Members Free

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009, 8 P.M.
Earth Poets and Musicians with SPECIAL GUEST: ANTLER, former Milwaukee Poet Laureate
Featured Performers: Jahmes Finlayson, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Holly Haebig, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Harvey Taylor
THE COFFEE HOUSE
631 N. 19th Street (Just South of Wisconsin Ave)
Donation: $5.00, benefit for Peace Action

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